Why?: Does teaching in the Great Commission apply to
every Christian in the same way?
What?: At the end of Matthew's gospel, he records
Jesus' Great Commission to the church to make disciples by having a
heart to reach the lost, baptizing new believers, and teaching all
disciples to obey everything Jesus has commanded. That commission
for the church applies to every individual believer in the church;
we are all to teach. And teachers are to teach. Isn't that the same
No! In Ephesians chapter 4, verses 11 to 16, Paul tells us that
Jesus gave certain gifts, including teachers, to the church to
equip every member for ministry. So, all believers are to teach by
modeling the Christian life and passing on God's truth. But, those
who are gifted to the church as teachers have a larger
responsibility to teach the church so that every believer CAN
teach. Although there is certainly some overlap, a simple way to
describe the difference is that every believer is to teach in
private settings—for example, in the home; but teachers are to
teach in public settings—for example, in Sunday school
So What?: As teachers we are publicly to teach how all
believers can teach privately.
So What Now?: Don't be satisfied if your teaching
ministry teaches others truth unless you have taught them how to
pass on that truth. Teaching them to teach, you will be the gift
Jesus intended for you to be when He gave you to His church.
About the Podcast
In these short episodes, Dr. Danny shares biblically-based insights on teaching the Bible. Published weekly, you can get a boost before teaching each week.